Apparently, a reader of JoBlo.com has in his possession the 2009 preview issue of Empire and it contains some information on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Specifically, it includes comments from Michael Bay in which he points out that Megatron will not be in the sequel to the 2007 summer blockbuster. In his comments, he references the early leaked images I wrote about back in September of what seemed to be a new tank version of Megatron from the sequel and he says that’s just some new Megatron movie universe toy made by Hasbro.
Hmm… pretty decent and detailed concept art (with shots of multiple angles) just for a toy of a main character who’s not in the movie but has a new version of himself…
Is this simply direct misinformation (is that an oxymoron?) from the captain of the ship? Were those pictures of a Cybertronian tank with Megatron's head just misinformation? It wouldn't be unheard of, with some of the things he said about the first film that weren’t exactly accurate. And more importantly he said himself there would be lies and misinformation about the sequel.
Or is he just trying to be a funny man and is going out of his way to point out that “Megatron” won’t be in the movie but a new incarnation of the character will be… perhaps that of Galvatron?
Galvatron, in most iterations of Transformers, is the reincarnation of the Decepticon leader Megatron. In Generation 1 of Transformers, a damaged Megatron and several other defeated Decepticons under his command were jettisoned into space from Astrotrain (another Decepticon whose primary role was to transport his allies) to lower its mass and make its way home to Cybertron. For those who don’t know anything about Transformers lore (and I don't know that much to be honest), this probably sounds ridiculous, I know. [OK, I am seriously freaking out over all this 'Transformers' history/tech talk - Ed.]
Anyway, while the end was in sight for the nasty Megatron, Unicron (a giant transformer of planetary size who consumes other planets like Galactus of the Marvel Universe) summoned him and offered to give him a new body and new soldiers and in return, Megatron would need to complete a mission for the giant bot.
Long story short, some similar transformation could be in order for the ruined Decepticon leader of the first Transformers film and I think that’s likely the case as Megatron seems too important to never bring back.
Either way, I don’t see the point in Bay coming out and saying this. The movie is just a few months away and while we expect a trailer during the superbowl, I really want to start seeing some of the bots that will be appearing in the film. Enough with the lame pictures of Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox – Give me some Robots not in disguise! The movie is called Transformers, not The Kids Who Take Screen Time Away From Them.
Do you think Megatron will make his return in some form for the sequel?
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen debuts June 26 2009.